Approached by journalists after attending the opening of the Umno annual general assembly this morning, he said he wants issues concerning the Indian Malaysian community to be discussed between cabinet members before any decision is made.
Samy Vellu, who is also the works minister, said that - even after such discussions - he wants Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have the final say in announcing the decision.
"We will respect his decision and there is no need for others to say anything about matters concerning the Indian community,” he said referring to the recent demolition
of a Hindu temple in Kampung Rimba Jaya by the Shah Alam Municipal Council.
This was the most recent of a series of temple demolitions in Selangor, and one which left the community seething with anger.
While Samy Vellu deemed the issue resolved after the Selangor government agreed to provide a new site and to help build a new temple, he did not state the location.
He noted there were two main forms of reactions from the community - one faction wanted the matter resolved amicably, while another has felt much frustration and anger.
"What the Indian community wants is equal status with the other two major races of this country," he said.
He further confirmed that the temple demolition issue would not affect the Deepavali
celebrations tomorrow. ‘No malicious intent’
Peoples Progressive Party president M Kayveas, when approached, said the Indian Malaysian community must accept the authorities’ reasons for demolishing temples.
"I do not believe that the authorities had any malicious intentions regarding this matter " he said.
He launched a virulent attack on those he deemed to be “hypocritical champions of the Indian cause” because they have been less than serious in tackling the issue of temple demolitions.
“I do not have to mention names. I know you (the media) know who I’m talking about,” he said, in an apparent reference to Indian political leaders.
Both Kayveas and Samy have engaged in a constant war of words, with the latest episode leading to the MIC president to propose that the PPP be expelled from Barisan Nasional.
Samy: Demolished temple issue resolved
KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of the Hindu temple in Shah Alam that was demolished has been resolved, with the Selangor state government allocating a plot of land for the temple’s relocation.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the solution was reached after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi directed him and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo to sit down and resolve the matter.
“Earth work for the temple relocation has begun,” Samy Vellu told newsmen at the Putra World Trade Centre on Wednesday after the presidential address at the Umno general assembly.
Samy Vellu, who is Works Minister, stressed that the MIC had never looked at the temple demolition issue as a religious problem but more as an administrative weakness.
“Only I as the president had voiced my view on the matter to the Prime Minister and Mentri Besar,” he said.
“I have spoken to the Prime Minister and I have told him that we will all celebrate Deepavali,” he said, adding that he would also attend the national-level Deepavali celebrations in Brickfields on Nov 11.